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Social housing tenants financially impacted by Covid-19 told they will not face eviction over rent arrears

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced the continuation of the `no eviction' agreement for Covid-19-related arrears in the social housing sector
Marie Louise McConville

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced the continuation of the `no eviction' agreement for Covid-19-related arrears in the social housing sector.

The minister said social housing tenants who are financially impacted by the pandemic will not face eviction.

A voluntary agreement was put in place at start of the pandemic between the Department for Communities, Housing Executive and Housing Associations.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Hargey thanked the Housing Executive and Housing Associations for their "ongoing support for the `no eviction' agreement'.

"I want to reassure our social tenants that they will not face losing their home as a result of Covid-19-related arrears," she said.

"Whilst my hope is that we are making progress on the road to recovery, I know that the pandemic continues to create very challenging circumstances.

"For this reason, I believe it is premature to end the `no eviction' agreement for Covid-19-related arrears at this time.

"I have asked the Housing Executive and Housing Associations to continue to honour this voluntary agreement until May 2022, in line with my recent decision to extend the emergency 12-week Notice to Quit period in the private rented sector".

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